Facebook declared a new version of its Messenger chat app builds for children ages six to twelve. The app is named Messenger Kids. The new app does not need facebook account due to federal law, users under the age of 13 cannot legally signup for Facebook. Facebook is introducing the app today in preview with a limited rollout of iOS.
Facebook mentions that it going to take great measures to make sure the app does not come off as exploitative. “There are no ads in Messenger Kids and your child’s information isn’t used for ads. It is free to download and there are no in-app purchases,” the company said.
Features of the App
The app is safe and more fun video calls and messaging
Messenger Kids is a free video calling and messaging app designed for kids to connect with close friends and family from their tablet or smartphone. Kids can only connect with parent-approved contacts, which creates a more controlled environment.
More Control for parents
Parents fully control the contact list and decide who can connect with their children. Messages don’t disappear and can’t be hidden in case parents would like to check in.
Easy to Use
Parents, and approved adults like grandparents, can video chat and message with their kids through their existing Messenger app. No additional app download is needed for parents. Messenger Kids allows kids to message and video call using Wi-Fi so they don’t need a phone number.
More fun for kids
Kid-appropriate masks, frames, stickers, and GIFs spark conversation and laughter. With the feature-filled camera, kids can create fun videos and decorate photos to share moments with loved ones. Playful masks, emojis, and sound effects bring conversations to life.
How to get started?
Download the Messenger Kids app on your child’s iPad, iPod touch, or iPhone from the App Store.
Secondly, authenticate your child’s device using your own Facebook username and password. This will not create a Facebook account for your child or give them access to your Facebook account.
Thirdly, finish the setup process by creating an account for your child, where all you’ll need to do is provide their name.
Finally, add people to your child’s approved contact list, go to the Messenger Kids parental controls panel on your main Facebook app. To get there, click on “More” in the bottom right corner in your main Facebook app, and click “Messenger Kids” in the Explore section.